" At Glan yr Afon, the boundaries of the townships of Bersham, Brymbo and Broughton meet. ..... Glan yr Afon was also sometimes called Southsea. It is first so named in the rate books of 1786, deriving its name from the Southsea Inn in Broughton. ..... Here the wages of the miners and colliers at most of the works in the neighbourhood were paid once a fortnight. The hamlet which gradually grew up here was also known as Southsea - an absurd name which should never have been adopted, especially as there was an appropriate name ready to hand in "Glan yr Afon". ..... Glan yr Afon, or Southsea, is now the name of a populous village, also called "Plas Power" from its proximity to the Plas Power colliery, although quite remote from Plas Power itself." [History of the Thirteen Country Townships of Wrexham, 1903, Alfred Neobard Palmer]

Southsea became a separate ecclesiastical parish on 7 May 1921, being formed from part of the ancient parish of Wrexham, and parts of the parishes of Broughton and Brymbo.


Church History

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 302518.

"Built as a chapel of ease to serve the needs of the growing population of this mining district; a conventional district has been assigned to it under the charge of the chaplain of Berse. The Church has not been consecrated, but it was licensed and opened for divine service on St. Andrew's Day, 1884. The churchyard was consecrated as a non-parochial burial ground on 2 September 1907."
[ The History of the Diocese of St. Asaph , 1908-1913, Ven. D.R. Thomas]

In 1926, it was decided to demolish the original building, and replace it with a larger building on the same site.
It is said that this was done by building the new church around the old one - which was then demolished!
Less than sixty years later, this second church had become unsafe because of land subsidence. The church hall, a short distance away, was therefore converted for use as a church, some of the windows and fittings from the second church being incorporated into the conversion.
On 15 April 1984, the Bishop of St. Asaph deconsecrated the second church, and consecrated the converted church hall; continuing with the dedication to All Saints.
The second church was demolished soon afterwards.

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the modern church.

A district church (or chapel of ease) to Southsea was opened at Tanyfron in 1897.

Nonconformist Churches

Nonconformist places of worship for Southsea were included in the "Welsh Church Commission - County of Denbigh - The Statistics of the Nonconformist Churches for 1905" under the Civil parish of Bersham. Details will be found on the parish page for Bersham.


Church Records

Parish Registers

  • The following Parish Registers have been deposited at the Denbighshire Record Office, Ruthin.
    They may be viewed on microfilm at the Denbighshire and Flintshire Record Offices, at the A.N. Palmer Library, Wrexham, and at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.
    These microfilms are not available elsewhere.
Baptisms Marriages Burials
1914 - 1961 1922 - 1983 1947 - 1973

Bishop's Transcripts

  • There are no Bishop's Transcripts for All Saints, Southsea.


  • There are no official I.G.I. entries for All Saints, Southsea.

Civil Registration

Having been formed from townships of the ancient parish of Wrexham, the parish of Southsea was assigned to the Wrexham Registration District.

In the GRO indexes to civil registration, entries for Southsea are in the format :

  • Years 1837 - 1851: Wrexham XXVII. nnn
  • Years 1851 - 1930: Wrexham 11b. nnn

(GRO index references have no relevance at the local Superintendent Registrar's Office)


Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Southsea which are provided by:




Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Southsea has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



North-East Wales Churches and Ancient Parish Boundaries" produced by Clwyd Record Office in 1994, published by Genuki with the permission of Flintshire Record Office and Denbighshire Archives

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ302517 (Lat/Lon: 53.057973, -3.04291), Southsea which are provided by: